Congratulations to North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) boys varsity lacrosse coach Peter Gerrity (NYA class of 2005) who was named the 2016 U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year for Maine. All Maine head lacrosse coaches were eligible for this statewide award, and nominations were made by Maine lacrosse coaches. At their year-end meeting, coaches who submitted nominations stood and spoke about their candidate to the voting group. Gerrity was rather surprised to learn that NYA’s across Route One rival, Yarmouth High School boys varsity lacrosse coach David Pearl, was his nominator. “I was very surprised and humbled when David spoke up as my nominator. We have had a great relationship through the past several years, and his teams are always obviously good at lacrosse and also very sportsmanlike.”
“Peter Gerrity deserved to be the U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year for Maine because of the wonderful way he relates to his athletes and guides his team. I have always been impressed with his kind and professional approach to coaching. He always seems to get the most out of his athletes, and it is clear they respect him deeply. I have always been impressed how he has been able to develop the talent he has to knit together a team that plays at a very high level. It is clear his players respect him and give him their best. As his opponent, I have deep respect for the way he approaches lacrosse as a sport that will help develop life-long lessons for his players,” said Coach Pearl.
“I am very pleased to have been recognized in this way, particularly because the award was voted on by my coaching peers. It was humbling even just to be nominated among the other coaches in Maine. Most of the coaches I have either worked summer camps with, played with and against, and some even coached against me when I was a high school player. The sport is very small in the state of Maine, and just to be a part of it has been an honor,” said Coach Gerrity.
North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.